Media reports have emerged that Amazon is taking steps to operate its own freight service to compete with the likes of FedEx and UPS, with tests taking place out of the large air park in Wilmington, Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio.
Amazon has begun flights out of the Wilmington Air Park through a contractor based in the city, Air Transport Services Group, according to Mother board.vice.com, which covers technology news.
Wilmington would make sense for Amazon, given that the city has the workers and buildings that used to serve DHL, said Mike Knemeyer, professor of logistics at Ohio State University.
“You’ve got people who worked in that industry before,” he said.
If Amazon does plan to operate a freight business, that would be a significant shift for the e-commerce giant.
But the key players are saying little about possible plans for more expansion in Wilmington.
Paul Cunningham, spokesman for Air Transport Services Group, said his company is in “a test period” with a new customer that involves four flights per day out of Wilmington.
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